NGO Funding Request


The recipient entity's full legal name:  WYES-TV, NEW ORLEANS, The Greater New Orleans Educational Televsion Foundation

The recipient entity's physical address:
           916 Navarre Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70124


The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           916 Navarre Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70124


Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Mrs. Willis Banker, Willis B. Banker, Jacqueline T. Leonhard, A.A. Songy, Clarence Shaps, E.J. Elizey, Sister Mary Louise, O.P., Sister M. Helene, Very Reverand Sgr. Henry C. Besou, Mrs. Gordon T. Atwater

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  7926

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $2,250,000

What type of request is this?  Capital Outlay Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           OFFICERS:

Chair:
Ms. Katie Crosby
Chair, Board of Directors
Fidelity Homestead Bank
154 Audubon Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70118

Vice-Chair:
Cleland Powell
Executive Vice President - Sr. Commercial Manager
IberiaBank
601 Poydras
Suite 2075
New Orleans, LA 70130

Secretary:
Mr. Larry Katz
President
Dots Diner Restaurant Group
3544 Alan Street
Metairie, LA 70002

Treasurer:
Mr. Alan H. Philipson
Entrepreneur
1214 Jefferson Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115-3014

BOARD MEMBERS:

Mr. Herschel L. Abbott, Jr.
Special Counsel
Jones, Walker, Waechter, et al.
201 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100

Mr. Harold M. Block, Attorney
Block & Bouterie
408 West Third Street
Thibodaux, LA 70301

Simone Boustead
Staff Attorney
IBERIABANK
601 Poydras Street, Suite 2075
New Orleans, LA 70130

Cristi Fowler Chauvin
Counselor at Law
400 Poydras St., 30th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130

Richard Cortizas
Jones Walker
201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 5100
New Orleans, LA 70170
5515 Marcia Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70124

Renette Dejoie Hall, Executive Editor
Louisiana Weekly
2215 Pelopidas Street
New Orleans, LA 70122

Mr. Bill Kearney
Political Consultant
5934 Chestnut Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Mr. Rick Kirschman
Broker Member
Kirschman Realty LLC
3631 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

Mr. Marc Leunissen
V.P./General Manager
Cox Media New Orleans
2121 Airline Drive
Metairie, LA 70001

Mr. Jonathan C. McCall, Attorney
Chaffe, McCall L.L.P.
2300 Energy Centre
1100 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70163


Ms. Sharon Perlis, Attorney
Perlis and Associates
6069 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Paul Peyronnin
Of Counsel
Chaffe, McCall L.L.P.
2300 Energy Centre
1100 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70163

Anne Redd
Political Consultant
1427 Fourth Street
New Orleans, LA 70130


Lori Savoie
Community Activist
120 Audubon Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70118


Scott Sewell
President
Petro-Marine Underwriters, Inc.
141 Robert E. Lee
#220
New Orleans, LA 70124

Debbie Skremetta
Community Activist
117 Sena Dr
Metairie LA 70005


David B. Spencer
Vice-President
The Brown Foundation
1217 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

Allen Toussaint
272 Abalon Court
New Orleans, LA 70114

Victor Ukpolo
Chancellor and Professor of Economics
Southern University at New Orleans
12 Annandale Ct.
New Orleans, LA 70131

Pierre B Villere II
1105 Philip Street
New Orleans, LA 70130


Mr. Allan Pizzato
President & General Manager
WYES-TV, Channel 12
916 Navarre Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70124


Provide a summary of the project or program:
           The Greater New Orleans Educational Television Foundation (WYES) was founded in 1953 on one fundamental idea: that education could be enhanced and made available to all through technology. It is the oldest public television station in Louisiana signing on in 1957, the 12th in the nation, and is the most utilized non-profit organization in state with as many as a half-million people using our broadcasts, outreach activities and web site each week. It charges no fees, constructs no barriers as it strives to be the most accessible educational, artistic and cultural resource for the 12 parishes in southeast Louisiana.
Facility Planning has given WYES the OK to advertise for bids for the Phase II construction contract, so the $1,500,000 FY 15-16 Priority 5 Non-Cash Line of Credit needs to be moved up to Priority 1 for FY 16-17 so that it can be converted into a Cash Line of Credit and be made available for project cash flow in July of 2016 for the construction project which will be underway by then.
WYES is requesting an additional $750,000 Priority 2 appropriation and Cash Line of Credit for FY 16-17 to provide cash flow for a proposed Phase III contract for Kitchen studio equipment. The total project funding of $10,437,467 is composed of $3,870,000 in state funding and $6,576,467 of local funds raised by WYES. WYES is the Greater New Orleans’ only PBS television station providing the highest quality educational and cultural programming available. Since 2005, WYES has been operating without adequate facilities to operate and to support programming, outreach and community services.
WYES has the opportunity to design and re-build a pubic media center with the ability to showcase our culture and produce and disseminate innovative education initiatives both locally and globally. In order to keep our services active, we are re-building in phases. Phase I, a broadcast facility with all new equipment, was fully funded at a cost of $9.2 million and is now operational. Phase II includes the educational media element, which will enhance and complement the on-air component by expanding WYES beyond the television screen. The new facility will provide the infrastructure to implement new educational initiatives and community services as well as developing our local productions. WYES’ enhanced educational focus will produce high quality, innovative media content and live interactive classroom instructional activities, all designed to meet the needs of students and teachers. We are currently partnering with the National WWII Museum on an electronic field trip for middle-school students all over Louisiana and the country.
These State Capital funds will enable us to build a space for expansion of our education and education production department so we can offer several of these learning tools each year to students and teachers. Additionally, WYES creates programming highlighting our food, culture and traditions and distributes it nationally. This facility will provide the much-needed space for creative minds to gather and develop local program content and make it ready for production. It is the oldest public television station in Louisiana, signing on in 1957, and is the 12th oldest in the nation. Within a 60-mile radius, as many as a half-million people use our broadcasts, outreach activities and website each week making it the most utilized non-profit organization in southeast Louisiana.


What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $10,437,467
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          WYES, the oldest public television station in Louisiana provides award-winning local and national educational television and public media services to 1/3 of the state's population in the 12 parishes in the southeastern region. WYES, the only PBS station serving this area was founded in 1953 on one fundamental idea: that education could be enhanced and made available to all through technology. WYES is the 12th oldest public television station in the nation, and the most utilized non-profit organization in the state with more thank one half-million people using our broadcasts, outreach activities and website each week.
This important funding will enhance and compliment the on-air component by expanding WYES beyond the television screen. Educational outreach community workshops, community forums, web-based educational initiatives, student training and internships--all furthering ideas and supporting community involvement, enrichment and growth. WYES has excelled as our region's storyteller, archiving local heritage, customs and traditions. While the station will continue to tell our community's stories, these funds will help provide WYES with the facilities and equipment necessary to better showcase what is best about our great city and region--not only via local broadcast productions, but to a more wide and diverse audience via the web and satellite.


What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          WYES strives to be the most accessible educational, artistic, and cultural resource in Southeast Louisiana. We strive to be a dynamic and trusted cultural institution that has excellence as its highest priority, to actively serve the diverse needs of our region by providing opportunities for growth and learning for all of our citizens through the creative use of our amazing digital technology and all it has to offer. We strive to continue to educate through our programming and outreach and also through internships and student hands-on training at our new facility.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           Project to be completed by April 1, 2017

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
                 Victor Ukpolo
Chancellor and Professor of Economics
Southern University at New Orleans
12 Annandale Ct.
New Orleans, LA 70131

    
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:
                 Debbie Skrmetta
Community Activist
117 Sena Drive
Metairie, LA 70005
Wife of Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta at the same address


     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:
                 0

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:
                  Debbie Skrmetta and Victor Ukpolo are both Trustees of WYES

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 
               NA

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:
               NA

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:
                NA

          What is the nature of the relationship?  NA

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 NA

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               NA


Contact Information
name:  Allan Pizzato 
                                       address:  WYES-TV
916 Navarre Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

                                       phone:  (504)486-5511 EXT 280
                                       fax:  (504) 840-9954
                                       e-mail:  apizzato@wyes.org
                                       relationship to entity:  President and General Manager